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The Wonderland Experience adds tickets due to popular demand The City of Kings Mountain Special Events Department has expanded capacity due to high demand for free tickets into The Wonderland Experience! These additional free community tickets are available to anyone who wishes to attend the event. Your group (10 people or less) will be admitted in open spaces between other ticket holders. You can also upgrade your ex-

perience onsite to a VIP WonderPass experience for $20, where you'll receive a special character autograph passport, souvenir photo, and extra surprises inside the adventure. April 8, 9, and 10. Arrive anytime between 5:30 pm and 9:45 pm. Face coverings are required for all guests ages 2 and up. PRO TIP: Arriving after dark makes your experience extra magical!

Childcare centers and NC Pre-K students across Kings Mountain and Grover got a surprise visitor to their classrooms on April 1, when Peter Cottontail himself paid a visit bringing goodies along the way. Each classroom received an Easter gift bag filled with eggs, sidewalk chalk, and toys donated by the City of Kings Mountain Special Events Department, as well as books donated by Mauney Memorial Library and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. See more photos on page 3A. Photos by Angela Padgett

Kings Mountain Cruise-In #1 last Saturday By Loretta Cozart

KM Call Center to be dedicated to Andy Underwood By Loretta Cozart Andrew Stuart (Andy) Underwood, Public Safety Answering Point Manager for the 911 Center for the City of Kings Mountain, passed away on March 17. Chief Lisa Proctor spoke during City Council regarding Underwood saying, “Andy was our PSAP Manager. Because Kings Mountain is in two counties, our call rating was low at 77.55%. Calls would go to Gaston County and then get routed to us. We wanted to fix it to better serve our citizens, so I assigned the job to Andy. Within 30-days the problem was solved, thanks to dual routing. After he solved the problem, our call rating went to 99.9% and we were ranked #1 in the state. Andy Underwood described his process to Chief

ANDY UNDERWOOD

Last Saturday, Kings Mountain Cruise-In & Hot Rods had its first Cruise-In from 4 until 9 pm at Hardee’s. They are looking to meet other people who love Hot Rods and Classic Cars. They received permission to gather at the restaurant prior to the event. In an April 1 post, Donnie Beard shared, “Started this two days ago and we already have 200 members!” For now, the plan is to meet every Saturday from 4 pm to 9 pm at Hardees. Cruise on by Saturday, April 10 between 4 pm and 9 pm for a flash from the past and to check out some Hot Rods and Classic Cars.

Proctor saying, “You set goals, strive for excellence, and you never settle for less.” City of Kings Mountain will dedicate the call center at Kings Mountain Police Department to Andy Underwood. A ceremony is being planned and his family will be invited as soon as a date is set,” said Chief Proctor.

Windy Bagwell is KMMS employee of the month Congratulations to Media Specialist, Ms. Windy Bagwell for being selected as the KMMS March Employee of the Month! Ms. Bagwell always serves in many roles and never complains.

Car lovers gather to talk shop at the first Cruise-In held by Kings Mountain Cruise-In & Hot Rods. See more car photos on page 5A. Photos by Jon Beard

She is in classrooms teaching or doing remote coaching for a team, along with all of her other duties. She goes very unnoticed and is very humble. It is an honor to work with her. She goes above and beyond to help all teachers and students with any media materials they may need. Bagwell also helps researching materials to

WINDY BAGWELL assist staff and students in their classes. She has assisted with tutoring and helping some of our remote students. She willingly helps wherever and whenever needed. She deserves to be recognized as Employee of the Month for KMMS! Congratulations to Ms. Bagwell. Thank you for all you do for KMMS!

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Officer Penny Phillips receives her badge and weapon during her retirement ceremony at city hall as Councilman Rhodes watches. Pictured L-R: Police Chief Lisa Proctor, Travis Phillips, Penny Phillips, and Mayor Neisler. Photo by Loretta Cozart

Officer Phillips retires By Loretta Cozart During the March 30 City Council meeting, Officer Penny Fulton Phillips retired after 25-years of service to City of Kings Mountain, most recently working in Records. Photos

from Phillips’ career from October 18, 1995 onward were shared in a slide presentation. Mayor Scott Neisler invited Police Chief Lisa Proctor to present Phillips her badge and gun, which is customary during police

retirement ceremonies. “I am proud to have served as your chief. We will carry on the tradition of faith, trust, honor, integrity, professionalism, and loyalty that you have carried on for us. I wish you nothing but the best,” Chief Proctor said.

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